Growing up in a military family, Alexia (Lexci) frequently moved around the world, but dance remained a constant. No matter where they lived, her mother always found a dance studio for her. Training at 16 studios in 18 years, Lexci built an enviable repertoire that included jazz, hip-hop, and ballet.
Lexci considered auditioning for professional roles immediately after graduating from Centennial High School, but decided to earn her associate degree and improve her technique at HCC before jumping into a career. “I felt like I needed to stay here, find myself, and ground myself,” she explains. “I’ve heard so many stories about kids leaving home their first year to be an athlete or performer, and they had to come right back home. If you launch too fast, you might not be ready.”
Lexci formed close relationships with the HCC dance faculty, whom she calls her “other moms.” Under their tutelage, she not only improved her technique, but expanded her repertoire. “When you audition, everyone asks you if you can do ballet, so my classes and experiences at HCC helped me become more versatile.” The college’s Division of Arts and Humanities celebrated Lexci’s growth by naming her its 2016 student of the year!
While an HCC student, Lexci taught at five different dance studios in the area, performed on and off campus, participated in the college’s first-ever student choreography showcase, and taught workshops for public school students as part of HCC dance’s outreach program.
Lexci graduated in spring 2016 ready to take the leap into a professional career, and has already auditioned for major dance companies. Eager to travel around the world again, Lexci said, “My dream is touring with Beyoncé as a back-up dancer. Remember my name, and look for me on TV someday!”